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2018 Round Up – a freelancer’s travel life

2018 is a yr that stunned me. It’s exhausting to prime the epic profession break yr that was 2016, and 2017 where I made it to South America and solely acquired again residence correctly in the second half of the yr. I truthfully hadn’t fairly found out what 2018 can be like with out a full-time job in hand, however it ended up being a take a look at what my travel life could possibly be like as a freelancer, and in addition marked the yr of some of my first major travel assignments and collaborations.

See all my past spherical ups courting again to 2011, masking my travels and even some of my favorite items of writing and weblog activities.

Travel Stats 2018

Complete variety of days travelled in 2018: 73 (20%)

That’s undoubtedly more than once I was working full time – you’ll be able to see from my travel spherical ups from 2015 and earlier that I often manage about 30-40 days of travel with full-time work. I’m not making as a lot as I used, however I’m incomes enough and I’m loving the extra freedom I’ve for travel and different issues.

Nations visited: eight Nations/Territories (1 new)

Aside from my jaunt to London and Scotland, most of my travels have been around the Asia region, with a concentration on Taiwan as a result of my collaboration work. I added just Myanmar to my complete record of nations visited, bringing the whole to 55 nations (if I’ve counted appropriately) so far, however I received to discover lesser seen areas like Belitung, Khanom and random bits of Taiwan. So it’s still been quite a good yr of exploration.

Right here’s a recap of the place I went:

UK: London + Scotland (15 days)

My favorite shot was this random shot of the highlands out the window. I lucked out as a result of I didn’t have anyone in my bunk!

London is a type of locations that you would be able to all the time discover something to do in even in winter, and I obtained to meet up with some associates and watch some musicals as properly. I added a new country to my listing and eventually visited Scotland, taking an in a single day practice journey on the Caledonian Sleeper and making a very fast jaunt by way of Oban, Glasgow and someplace I’d been dying to check out for endlessly: Edinburgh. Winter is probably not probably the most pleasant time to visit and I used to be pretty sick for a day once I hit Glasgow, so I hope to go back in hotter weather.

Examine my overnight practice experience into the highlands of Scotland from London to Oban

Indonesia: Telunas (three days)

Telunas Private Island Villas Row

Telunas Personal Island is the posher of the 2 Telunas resorts

This was an task I’d undertaken for Culture Trip they usually despatched me off to an Indonesian resort island that’s not removed from Singapore. First I had to take a ferry to Batam, and from there a smaller boat to switch me to this idyllic, tranquil island resort. It’s really a spot to shut yourself off from the world from a bit, which is great for enjoyable however not best for those who have been additionally making an attempt to execute a social media campaign like I used to be – I needed to park myself on the Spa reception in the future because it had the most effective sign – however undoubtedly value going to if you wish to escape the crowds of Bali.

Examine my keep at Telunas Resort and Telunas Personal Island

Myanmar: Yangon + Bagan (eight days)

Bagan Ballooning Flying Selfie

Completely satisfied Birthday to me!

I’ve all the time needed to see more of South East Asia and eventually the opportunity arrived to see a new nation once I was invited as much as Yangon to check out the Pan Pacific Lodge. The journey was timed simply before my birthday, so I prolonged my trip such that I might spend my birthday in Bagan and after much hemming and hawing, I made the choice to shell out the large bucks to take the long-lasting hot-air balloon journey over the temples of Bagan on the morning of my birthday. It was expensive however y’know what, it was a nice birthday present to myself. I actually enjoyed scootering round Bagan alone as properly.

Right here’s a take a look at what you are able to do in Yangon over the weekend and a more detailed take a look at what it’s wish to balloon over Bagan

Thailand: Krabi + Khanom (5 days)

Khanom Beach Sand

Infinite empty seashores are my favorite

Krabi was a type of well-liked Singaporean tourist destinations that I had yet to make it to, so I was completely satisfied to test it out when the Thailand Tourism people invited me up on a media journey. However what was extra engaging to me was first getting to visit Khanom, a much lesser recognized space about 3 hours away from Krabi with lovely white sand seashores and pink dolphin sightings. It was a fairly packed itinerary as media journeys are typically, however I beloved exploring this totally different aspect of southern Thailand.

Here’s why you must take the time to take a look at Khanom over Krabi

Taiwan 1: Taipei + Yilan (6 days)

XinTaipei Wanli Paragliding Looking Down

We took off from the seashore!

This was my first major collaboration with Scoot Airways to supply content material concerning the lesser seen elements in and around Taipei, and I was stoked to lastly return to considered one of my favourite nations and getting to dig out a few of its more uncommon points of interest and actions. I spent this time in Taipei and Yilan and some highlights from this trip: paragliding in Wanli and exploring the UFO Homes and sailing by means of the underwater sulphur scorching springs of Turtle Island.

Examine those expertise and more cool things to do in and around Taipei in the course of the scorching summer time months

Hong Kong + Macao (6 days)

Hong Kong Street Art Travelodge Central Stern Rockwell

Hong Kong Road Artwork Travelodge Central Stern Rockwell

I ended up on a brief trip to Hong Kong because of the UnionPay people and eventually acquired to do some quintessentially touristy things like go to Lantau Island and Tsim Sha Tsui. I prolonged the trip alone so I might update my Hong Kong Road Art submit.

Macao Street Art Taipa PIBG Clerigos

Ruas dos Clerigos has some fairly cool outlets and this specific wall is on the aspect of an exhibition area

It also gave me the prospect to see extra of Macao and I obtained to map out road artwork around Macao on task, which was a fun solution to discover the territory!

Taiwan 2: Taipei + Yilan (6 days)

Yilan Dongshan Mr Brown Road Jumpshot

Yilan Dongshan Mr Brown Street Jumpshot

Again to Taiwan for the second time, this time armed with new digital camera and mic gear as I discovered that my telephone simply wasn’t going to be enough for good videos and pictures. It was still super scorching presently of the yr, and I discovered myself back in Taipei and Yilan again. I discovered some pretty cool spots but I feel the spotlight for me have been the places that I stayed – Play Design Lodge where I obtained to choose my own furnishings was a tremendous spot, whereas Yilan inspiration with its cute tents and the luxury Taipei Star Hostel are both lovely hostels I’d undoubtedly advocate anyone to take a look at.

Scale back your stress degree with these superb spots in Taipei or take my Final Weekend Warrior itinerary in Taipei

Taiwan three: Kaohsiung to Taoyuan (7 days)

Kaohsiung JcoArt Ice Cream Dog Head


I took on a extra intensive venture so I was Singapore-bound for a bit, however the week after that undertaking ended, I was again on a flight to Taipei again, but this time I ended up on a enjoyable but hectic exploration of Taiwan’s west coast from Taoyuan to Kaohsiung. I was sleeping in a totally different place every single night time! Also because of timings and schedules, I spent a lot of time driving the HSR back and forth as an alternative of taking a leisurely trip down the coast. Bungee Leaping off this random bridge in the midst of Taoyuan’s mountains was undoubtedly cool, though I’d love to go eat that famous ice cream dog again that had a lot of my IG feed screaming.

Indonesia: Belitung (5 days)

Belitung Andrea Hirata Museum Colourful Me

Indonesia’s most well-known writer Andrea Hirata has a pretty vibrant museum right right here in his hometown of Belitung

Beli-where? It’s all the time kinda cool once you get the opportunity to visit a place that few individuals have even heard of. Garuda Indonesia launched their first non-stop flight from Singapore to Belitung and I was one of many fortunate individuals who acquired to be on that flight. They needed to cancel the launch announcement in Singapore because it was the day of the Lion Air crash, however the trip was pretty enjoyable and I acquired to hang out with a few of my media buddies and see a new destination various to busy Bali and Batam.

Read about why you must skip Bali and head to Belitung as an alternative

Thailand: Phuket (5 days)

Karon Beach Sunset Jumpshot

Nice clean beaches and an superior jumpshot as the solar units. I like my strains on this shot

Yet one more Singaporean go-to spot which I have visited a couple of occasions, but this time I headed up with a good good friend J to go take a look at and sit back on the Novotel Resorts in the Surin and Karon districts. Nice places and I undoubtedly like these seashores more than anything in the overcrowded and somewhat seedy Patong area. Stay tuned for the assessment of those two resorts coming soon.

Japan: Sapporo + Membership Med Tomamu (eight days)

Hokkaido Tomamu Club Med Skiing Me

On prime of the slope – the towers mark the underside of the slope and I’m pretty positive I made that run greater than 10 occasions on day 1 alone

Capping off the yr with a uncommon household journey and the only trip in this yr that was private from start to finish. I’m actually thankful to the alternatives that travel blogging has opened up for me in the best way of travel, however it’s a good break to go someplace and not worry about whether I’ve taken enough pictures of the place. I broke out the skiwear and was hoping to get some good slope time, however alas it’s nonetheless too early within the season and just one slope in all the resort was open! I skied for someday and swapped to a snowboard the subsequent day which was relatively painful, but nonetheless it was a fairly enjoyable journey ?

What’s next in 2019?

Who knows? Perhaps I’ll discover a full-time job, perhaps I’ll hold freelancing, but I undoubtedly nonetheless need to maintain travelling however it may be a bit tough planning forward with none concept as to what happens on the revenue end of things.

Despite the uncertainty, my first quarter is fairly full – I’ll make my final journey to Taiwan with Scoot in January, and in February I’m again in London once more for more winter and I haven’t quite figured the place else I need to see as properly yet in my prolonged week. Also on the playing cards for my epic Birthday adventure – I’m FINALLY going scuba diving in Raja Ampat. You haven’t any concept how excited I am for this! I even have my eye on the Setouchi Triennale in 2019 and am pondering if I need to return to this cool arts pageant.

I hope everybody obtained to travel the place they needed to in 2018! It’s all the time fun wanting back on the yr and getting a good take a look at every part that has happened to date, and I hope it’s inspiring you to consider your travel plans in 2019 as nicely. Share your epic travel plans with me – I’d love to hear your stories!